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Celebrating Pride Month with Open Access Book Publisher Punctum Books

June 5, 2023

Punctum Books logo with background featuring various book covers

In honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month (aka Pride Month) which is observed each June, we are pleased to announce that The Claremont Colleges Library has joined Punctum Books Supporting Library Membership Program for one year.

Punctum Books is a scholar-led, queer-led and peer-reviewed academic book publisher devoted to academic and para-academic authors working in any field in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, and architecture and design who want to publish books that are genre-bending and which take experimental risks with the forms and styles of intellectual writing. As a diamond open access (OA) publisher, all Punctum Books titles are openly available and they do not charge any author-facing fees.

The Claremont Colleges Library’s membership with Punctum Books will assist in subsidizing:

  • The publication of high-quality OA books in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, and Architecture and Design, with no publication fees ever imposed upon authors.
  • Commitment and adherence to the “best practices” (as guided by librarians and the standards of academic communities) for editorial evaluation and oversight, interoperable metadata, cataloging, indexing, discovery, dissemination, aggregation and preservation of OA books.
  • The development and sustainable maintenance, in collaboration with other presses and research organizations, of open-source and community-owned infrastructure for OA books in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

In addition to serving as an example of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, this support of Punctum Books is also aligned with the Library’s Scholarly Communication Vision & Core Values and our associated efforts to enhance scholarship open access across The Claremont Colleges.

Questions? Feel free to reach out to our subject librarians.